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Adjustable Shoe/Shelving Unit - DIY Master Closet



This is a great addition to any closet. This shelving unit is not only adjustable but you can flip and angle the shelves to hold shoes or you can turn the front lip down for easy access to folded pants, sweater, bags, etc. The unit is 23" deep which gives that elegant, custom look and plenty of shelf. This unit is meant to be installed beside another similar closet unit or wall.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Here are the dimensions for this closet section. This section is designed to sit on a platform or on the ground. I recommend building a platform that is 1/4" to 1/2" shorter than your baseboard trim, then lay 3/4" MDF on top of the platform. The baseboard trim will then continue across the front of the closet unit for a built in look and the only thing exposed will be the MDF top which paints very nicely.

    2. Step: 2

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      For this unit you can use MDF or plywood. I used MDF because it takes paint a lot nicer and is cheaper than plywood. However, MDF is finicky to work with. It is heavy, doesn't accept a screw very well and isn't structurally a very good material to work with. Since this unit is going to be secured to the wall and adjacent units I wasn't too worried about that, and it turned out nice an solid.

    3. Step: 3

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    4. Step: 4

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      First, you'll need to drill the shelf pin holes. Do so with a shelf pin jig, starting about 10-12" from the bottom and stopping 10-12" from the top.

    5. Step: 5

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      It is optional to paint the unit before assembly. If you choose to wait, then you can apply glue to each joint for added strength. We opted to prime and paint prior to assembly and then caulk, fill and apply a final coat after install. Assemble the box by pre-drilling and screwing together with 1-1/2" trim screws. Trim screws have a smaller head that will minimize the "mushrooming" that happens when screwing into MDF. I also found it easier to temporarily secure the box with 1-1/2" brad nails to keep it aligned while drilling and screwing. This unit is super flimsy until it is secured to the wall so I recommend at least two people move it into place.

    6. Step: 6

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      Assemble the shelves with wood glue and 1-1/2" screws or brad nails.

    7. Step: 7

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      Place shelves as desired using shelf pins. Shelves may be installed with shelf front up and on an angle (for shoes) or down as a standard shelf.

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  • This may be a silly question. How do you keep your white shoe shelves clean? The cleanest of shoes will always have dirt on the soles.
    By JetEngineer22, on November 10, 2018

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Adjustable Shoe/Shelving Unit - DIY Master Closet

by Rogue Engineer
Oct 18, 2018
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This is a great addition to any closet. This shelving unit is not only adjustable but you can flip and angle the shelves to hold shoes or you can turn the front lip down for easy access to folded pants, sweater, bags, etc. The unit is 23" deep which gives that elegant, custom look and plenty of shelf. This unit is meant to be installed beside another similar closet unit or wall.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 83133909 451f 4c2d 9b12 f95904d1bacb

    Here are the dimensions for this closet section. This section is designed to sit on a platform or on the ground. I recommend building a platform that is 1/4" to 1/2" shorter than your baseboard trim, then lay 3/4" MDF on top of the platform. The baseboard trim will then continue across the front of the closet unit for a built in look and the only thing exposed will be the MDF top which paints very nicely.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge c5b6c9fd ca92 4ba2 b395 896e123f1e34

    For this unit you can use MDF or plywood. I used MDF because it takes paint a lot nicer and is cheaper than plywood. However, MDF is finicky to work with. It is heavy, doesn't accept a screw very well and isn't structurally a very good material to work with. Since this unit is going to be secured to the wall and adjacent units I wasn't too worried about that, and it turned out nice an solid.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge e2478346 cf36 4776 aa38 16fd905f117b

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 31b7dce6 a0a0 41e3 9460 42231e4e30cd

    First, you'll need to drill the shelf pin holes. Do so with a shelf pin jig, starting about 10-12" from the bottom and stopping 10-12" from the top.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge bc77b52d 69ec 45c0 8061 d56b4b3fbec8

    It is optional to paint the unit before assembly. If you choose to wait, then you can apply glue to each joint for added strength. We opted to prime and paint prior to assembly and then caulk, fill and apply a final coat after install. Assemble the box by pre-drilling and screwing together with 1-1/2" trim screws. Trim screws have a smaller head that will minimize the "mushrooming" that happens when screwing into MDF. I also found it easier to temporarily secure the box with 1-1/2" brad nails to keep it aligned while drilling and screwing. This unit is super flimsy until it is secured to the wall so I recommend at least two people move it into place.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 5aaafbc7 0d93 495d a261 e79a6b3c416c

    Assemble the shelves with wood glue and 1-1/2" screws or brad nails.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge eb448800 dcf5 40c9 b9ad 3671155eb727

    Place shelves as desired using shelf pins. Shelves may be installed with shelf front up and on an angle (for shoes) or down as a standard shelf.